The campus at TU Dortmund is located in the west of Dortmund, just a few minutes away from the heart of the Westphalian metropolis. TU Dortmund combines academic tradition with modern programs to guarantee a special quality of teaching and research. Established in the sixties as an answer to the structural crises of the former coal and steel district, it has enriched the educational scenery with new and partly unique study offers and thus acquired the reputation of an innovative reform university.
Dortmund is known as Westphalia's "green metropolis". Nearly half the municipal territory consists of waterways, woodland, agriculture and green spaces. Spacious parks, such as Westfalenpark, invite you to go for a jog or enjoy one of the many cultural events held in the park. There are also the Dortmund Zoo and Romberg Park Botanical Gardens with a unique collection of foreign trees and shrubs.
For those interested, there are chateaux and moats in the city's outskirts. There are many cafes, restaurants, and stores in Dortmund. Combining these three makes for a nice sightseeing tour. If you are interested in arts and culture, you will find a lot to choose from in Dortmund. Hundreds of cultural events and exhibition venues- from the café to the opera house- should fill your appetite for culture.
Geographically, Dortmund lies on the northwest edge of the Ruhr, bordering the Sauerland to the southwest and the Münsterland to the north. The River Ruhr and the River Lenne flow to the south, and the Datteln-Hamm Canal to the north. The Dortmund-Ems Canal terminates almost in the middle of town, in the large Dortmund Harbor.
German language course:
The university's Language Center (ZHB / Bereich Fremdsprachen) offers a four-week Intensive German Language Course during the months of September (prior to the winter semester) and March (prior to the summer semester). The German course is free of charge for students in partnership programs, you will only have to pay for the entrance fees of the tutor & cultural program. The German Language Course is accompanied by a mandatory tutor & cultural program.
- Year: October-July
- Spring Term: April - July
- Due to the fall semester calendar, fall semester-only study is not possible. You may study for the year or for the spring semester.
The Office of International Relations will make housing arrangements for exchange students in student dormitories. Students may also elect to find their own accommodation.
Costs and expected expenses
There are a variety of associated costs and expenses when studying abroad. The information provided below is a guide to help you plan and budget. Additional resources are available on your host university’s website
Tuition and Fees: You will pay your regular tuition rate and fees to UVA for the term you are on a UVA Exchange Program. Tuition and fees will be billed to your SIS account and can be paid as normal.
Housing and Meals: You are responsible to pay for accommodation and any required or preferred meal plan. You will pay the host institution or make your own arrangements for accommodations. Check the host institution web site for accommodation and meal plan choices, cost, and application procedures.
Travel and Travel Documents: You are responsible for booking and paying for your own international airfare, as well as researching and obtaining any required visa(s) or residency permits. You should also budget for in-country transportation costs.
Insurance: UVA students are required to purchase CISI emergency medical and accident insurance. More information can be found on our insurance page.
Additional Expenses: You should be prepared to purchase required books and supplies. Also budget for additional personal expenses, including laundry, phone costs, personal travel, meals out, etc.
Education Abroad Expense Form
If you are required to complete an Education Abroad Expense Form, you can use the links above to identify costs and expected expenses to complete the form. If you are studying abroad for a semester, to calculate costs, divide annual costs in half.
If you are not able to find cost information you need in order to prepare for your study abroad program, please contact your Education Abroad Advisor.
You can find detailed information regarding financial aid and study abroad on the following websites:
The University of Virginia believes in providing reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities on an individual basis. If you believe that you would require adjustments in order to fully participate in this program, please contact the Student Disability Access Center at 434-243-5180 as early as possible in order to begin this dialogue.
Passport and Visa
All participants will need a valid passport in order to participate in the program. Students must ensure that their passport is valid at least six months past the program return date. US passport processing can take up to 11 weeks, once your application is received at a passport agency or center. If you are a US citizen interested in participating in education abroad, apply for your passport now. See the State Department for details and to apply. US passport holders will need a residence permit to participate in this program. All students should consult the German Missions website for information about visa and other entry requirements. International students should meet with their International Student Advisor in the International Studies Office as part of the application process.
Health and Safety Information
All students considering Education Abroad should consult the Students Abroad section of the U.S. Department of State’s web-based travel resources and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Traveler’s Health web resources to research health, safety, and security conditions; visa requirements; immunization requirements; and recommendations on staying healthy and safe in their target destination(s). Students should also carefully review the UVA Education Abroad Health & Safety Abroad web page. Parents and guardians are strongly advised to review all of these resources, as well. UVA students and visiting students enrolled in UVA Education Abroad programs are subject to the University of Virginia’s Policy on Student International Travel.